Maintaining the soundness of an equine athlete can be a challenge. It is essential to intervene at the first signs of discomfort to prevent a minor issue from becoming a serious injury requiring significant time off from competition. Lameness evaluation is an art as well as a science and Dr. Evans’ background as a competitive hunter/jumper rider allows her to better recognize subtle gait abnormalities that affect the soundness and performance of sport horses.
The use of portable digital radiography and ultrasonography allows for immediate diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. Early diagnosis is key to selecting appropriate treatment protocols that lead to optimal healing and minimize time out of the show ring.